Grim: Valerie Jarrett (foreground) who is Obama’s senior adviser, watched from the side as the president spoke about the Clinton defeat
- President Obama delivered speech at Rose Garden, saying everyone should root for President-elect Trump
- ‘We are now all rooting for his success in uniting the country,’ Obama said, standing beside Joe Biden
- He addressed about 150 staff as well as reporters – some of his aides broke down in tears
- Obama promised a smooth transition like the one he had from George W Bush – who also issued a statement
- Trump is expected at the White House on Thursday so he and Obama can begin to discuss the transition
- President-elect vowed to ‘bind the wounds of division’ in his victory speech after he triumphed over Clinton
- Shattered-looking Clinton told her supporters to accept the shock result – despite winning the popular vote
President Barack Obama is rooting for President-elect Donald Trump‘s success, he said Wednesday afternoon during a nine-minute address in the White House Rose Garden – but his clearly devastated staff didn’t look so sure.
With Vice President Joe Biden at his side, a sometimes smiling but always composed Obama said Tuesday’s election in which his party’s nominee lost the nation’s highest office was a setback for his agenda but not for the nation.
‘We are now all rooting for his success in uniting the country,’ he said.
‘Everybody is sad when their side loses an election. But the day after, we have to remember that we’re actually on one team,’ Obama said.
‘This is an intramural scrimmage. We’re not Democrats first. We’re not Republicans first. We’re Americans first. We’re patriots first.’
After he spoke some of his staff openly wept at the result, one saying of the day: ‘I’m so sad’.
Obama’s call for calm came alongside similar statements from both Clinton and Trump. All three combined in a concerted effort to try and bring the nation together after a fractious and bitter election battle.
Congratulations: The president spoke at the White House to say that he was rooting for the next president and the rest of the nation should too
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Cops clash with 6,000-strong crowd in Oakland —
Madonna and Cher join 7,000 in NYC
- Tens of thousands of protesters gathered across the US as the backlash over Trump’s victory took hold
- In Oakland protesters set fires in streets and threw bottles at cops, as police retaliated with tear gas
- Demonstrators in New York hung effigies of Trump to chants of ‘not my President’ and ‘Black Lives Matter’
- In Los Angeles, a disorganized protest of thousands saw fires on City Hall steps and 110 Freeway taken over
- Rallies were held in at least 16 other cities as Americans protest against Trump’s divisive politics
Violence has broken out at anti-Trump rallies across America overnight as tens of thousands marched against the President-elect before angry mobs attacked police, started fires and shut down highways.
The streets of downtown Oakland in California were choked with smoke Thursday as police launched tear gas and protesters lit fires, in what became by some distance the most violent of the many protests against the election of Donald Trump.
More than 6,000 protesters were seen on the streets of Oakland with an initially peaceful march down a cop-lined street turning nasty after some protesters threw bottles at officers and torched a police car. An office block was also attacked, daubed with ‘f*** Trump’ and ‘kill Trump’ graffiti and then set alight.
And thousands more filled streets in Los Angeles before taking over the 110 Freeway while other protesters gathered outside City Hall, lighting fires and waving Trump heads on sticks. There were 14 arrests.
In New York, home of the President-elect, at least 30 people were arrested when cops cracked down on twin demonstrations in Columbus Circle and at Trump Tower.
As many as 7,500 demonstrators were believed to have been split between the two locations, chanting ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘Donald Trump, go away, racist, sexist, anti-gay.’
Cher and Madonna were among the NYC protesters, with Cher telling one supporter they needed to ‘fight.’
Trump’s poll-defying win has sparked a wave of similar rallies across the country. Protests stopped traffic in Chicago, Illinois; Portland, Oregon; and San Francisco, California, among many others.
Outside the White House, a candlelit vigil was being held in protest against Mr Trump’s inflammatory and divisive brand of politics. But even peaceful protests in that city went awry, with at least one protester being bundled into the back of a van by the Secret Service.
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Oakland: Some people were seen burning objects in the streets, while others tried to get onto the I-90, but were blocked by cops
Oakland: A member of the public tries to scrub away ‘Kill Trump’ graffiti as demonstrators riot in California
Oakland: Demonstrators run on Telegraph Avenue after police deployed teargas during a demonstration in the city
Oakland: Half a dozen police officers pin down a protester amid arrests across America overnight
Oakland: Police try to control chaos at an office building that was attacked, graffitied and then set alight
Oakland: A peaceful protest turned violent Thursday, resulting in rioters setting fires police firing tear gas
Oakland: Planks of wood, cones and other detritus is set alight in the city, close to San Francisco
Oakland: A protester throws a bottle at police officers as violence boiled over after a tumultuous 24 hours
Oakland: The protest had begun peacefully, but descended into violence after protesters threw glass bottles at a police wall
Oakland: As property damage spread, this car found itself engulfed in flames
Oakland: Protesters also smashed up this police cruiser
Oakland: Police form a barrier after demonstrators set a street on fire
Held: Police in riot helmets and armed with batons arrested this suspect amid violence in the city
Masses of protesters – more than 6,000, according to the East Bay Times marched down a cop-lined Broadway, protesting the election of Donald Trump.
The group had convened in Frank Ogawa Plaza for a peaceful but passionate protest – that plan, however, went to pieces after 8pm after the crowd threw glass bottles at the police line.
The cops responded in kind, firing incendiary devices into the crowd as unlawful assembly orders were read out.
Two groups were still contained by police in the area, feeding fires and being blocked from entering the I-90.
It’s not yet clear how many – if any – were arrested in that incident, but one person was taken in after shining a laser at a police helicopter – something that cops say is a federal offense.
Twitter videos showed many fires burning in downtown streets, and cops marching in formation on protesters.
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